The Jazz and Art Festival debuts in Gardnerville on May 22nd

The Gardnervilines are scheduled to perform at Heritage Park on May 22nd.

The Gardnervilines are scheduled to perform at Heritage Park on May 22nd.

The Carson Valley Art Council and Main Street Gardnerville, in collaboration with local jazz enthusiasts, are sponsoring the first “Jazz and Art Festival” from 1pm to 6pm on May 22nd.

This free event will feature local jazz performers such as Mile High Jazz Band, Jazzettes, Gardnervillains, Douglas High School Jazz Band and Sagebrush Swingers.

The producer of the event, Shorty Garcia is a jazz and blues guitarist, band leader, impresario and live event producer with many years of experience in California.

“He was overjoyed to be able to catalyze this jazz celebration in his new hometown of Gardnerville,” organizers said. “Supposedly retired, he currently plays in four different ensembles in the Carson Valley.”

Local artists will be exhibiting their work, and non-profit organizations will have information at the festival. Applications for artists closed on May 5th. Bring your deck chairs, snacks and sunscreen and enjoy an afternoon of music and art to start our summer.

“We are thrilled to partner with local jazz enthusiasts, Jen Nadler in Main Street Gardnerville and the City of Gardnerville to make the Jazz and Art Festival a reality in our community,” said Arts Council Board Member Sharon Hoelscher Day.

Sagebrush Swingers will perform Dixieland band music throughout the day.

The Douglas High School music jazz band with director Mark Porter starts at 1pm at the band’s Heritage Park booth.

The Jazzettes are a trio featuring Cami Thompson on percussion, Erika Paul on piano and Julie Machado on bass.

The Gardnervilini are a small-format jazz combination led by guitarist Shorty Garcia who has trained with masters including Mimi Fox, Steve Freund and Frank Vignola.

His jazz repertoire dates back to the 1920s and 1930s (Duke Ellington, Count Basie), but is particularly interested in the soul jazz era of the late 1950s and 1960s and includes works by artists such as Horace Silver, Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell.

Keyboardist Travis Palmer comes from California and now lives in Carson City. He studied music at UC Santa Cruz, Cabrillo Community College and San Jose State University where he earned a degree in jazz music studies. Travis will join the UNR Jazz Program with a jazz piano degree. He plays and teaches piano and guitar locally.

Bassist Tim Goldsmith performs solo and in several bands, including Mo’s Motley Blues and Ken Davidson Trio. Drummer John Crosby, well known for Northern Nevada, appears regularly with The Boomcats and The Snakeboy Johnson Band in the Carson Valley and Reno / Sparks venues.

The Mile High Jazz Band, a 17-member big band music led by David Bugli, will lead the afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The Mile High Jazz Band Association is a non-profit corporation founded in 2001. It supports the Mile High Jazz Band – “big band”, related combinations, Jazz and Beyond Music and Art Festival and educational programs.

For more information, visit the Carson Valley Arts Council website at https: //www.cvartscoun

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